Thursday, May 29, 2014

they did it

they said
 "i do"

*three weeks ago this weekend my friend annie got married.
i already showed you the fun of designing flowers for the big day,
and now i've finally gotten around to some editing and here's the

* a lot of my blog readers know annie. this is long- but fun... what an amazing day.

here's how it all started. we unloaded the cars and started
setting up at Saint Anthony Main Event Center.
the bride-to-be was smiling from ear to ear.

in the bridal room, a sweet reflection of annie

here's what the tables looked like before food~

miss annie is a graphic designer as well as a sought after photographer.
she's uber creative & designed all her own paper goods and they were spectacular.
girlfriend thought of so many special little details, like these
bows she made for the center aisle.

an alter bouquet.
(funny story to follow about it.)

one of annie and dave's little flower girls drew this for them and 
they proudly framed it and had it on the escort table.

annie is my former boss~ remember? she is and will always be one of my good friends.
we worked together- week after week for over 5 years and i was there for a lot of
disappointing first (and last) dates. annie had been married for a few years when
she was in her late 20's, but had been single for a loooong time. (and her dave had never
been married).

she was pretty content single too. she didn't think anything was really
missing. she had a great life, two amazing kids, a dog and a cat, a business she loved and
life was good.

every once in a while though, she'd get the urge to date. we'd talk about it and she said she
always knew when the time was right the good Lord would send her
the right guy. so in the mean time she'd go on and have a date and then the next day
another hilarious story to tell me about some dude, who didn't turn out to be
anything like she'd hoped.

that all changed the day she excitedly called me in her office and said
"look at this guy"!
then she added~ "just look beyond the "gomer" shirt --- don't you see
potential?????  he's got such a great smile".

so they went on a date, and like she said in her teary vows...they both pretty much knew
after their 2nd date, that they'd be together forever. 

watching someone you care about fall in love and begin
 to write their story is pretty special.


so here it is, about 2 years later and it's the day~
annie isn't much of a crier. i'd only seen her cry once~she's a happy,
easygoing lass. she was pretty sure she could get through the day without
tears. well guess what? that ended the minute her dad walked into the bridal room 
and got ready to
walk her down the aisle.

tip:  her makeup artist told her if she started to cry to lean forward so the tears
drip down. (less likely to ruin your makeup.)

niece marielos, annie and jessica

these two little nieces of dave's were enchanting flower girls

annie's daughter jessica was her attendant.
(can i just say that i love this girl)!

umm, yeah, how's that no crying thing working for you annie marie?
*her joy came spilling down her face and she got up front and 
still crying, lost one of her fab false eyelashes and then got the giggles.
: )
nelson, annie's son is on the left~ (he cried too)! 

dave~ the groom:
this guy digs her. he digs her a lot. he is funny and exuberant and the second she got
 up front he tried to grab her and go in for a kiss---um not so fast buddy.
i've described dave like this:
he's like a yellow lab puppy. if he was a dog, his tail would never 
stop wagging. he proved this again, while fidgeting up front 
waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle, he knocked over one of
the alter was a funny moment- until someone suggested
i go up there and help the poor guy. ( i don't like to be up front).  : }

yep, more tears. this girl who doesn't cry was overcome with emotion. it was darling.

wedding's over~ finally he can kiss her. 

jess and her guy tim

this is a bunch of annie's peeps. they are all photographers and
dear friends. these girls know how to have fun!

our meal was delicious and then there was the
dessert bar!

don't know what my problem was, but i waited too long to go for dessert and only got to try
two of these creations. makes my stomach growl just looking at the pics!

so then there was fun~

                                       and merriment 
and speeches
                                   and a photo booth

                                    and dancing. 

and i'll leave you with this image.
it's the new annie lang~ dancing by our table and giving us a 
"booty bump" for a laugh.

love this girl. love seeing her so happy.
congratulations to you both, dave and annie lang!!!

there is faith and hope and love.
but the greatest of these is 

squeeze every bit of joy you can out of your weekend,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

just a little bit more organized

it's the tues. after the monday that was a holiday.

if you can't WAIT for next weekend to get here you're in luck~
only 3 more workdays after today and it'll be the weekend again.
if you've got a lot to get done this week you may be going eeeeeek~
now i'm short one day to get it all accomplished.

i love being organized......but i'm not really. i could do so much better if 
i'd just take the time- do a few things here and there, just take a stab at
a few new ideas.

 when i see great ideas like these online i get excited
so i swear i'm going to try at least one of them today!

*this was part of a source that had about 40 organizing ideas,
here i will share with you my favorite 8.

8 that are GREAT!

 keeping track of your cords is a more and more common problem.
who's is this? what is it for? whenever we get a new one we should just label it right away.

 i love this idea- i always have a note pad on the side of the fridge and having
a pen right there would be so handy. i'm going to buy something- in the cutest
can i can find- and put a magnet on it asap.

 now this is a lot of work- but doesn't it make sense?
(i will have to make it two years though- i know myself well enough to know
that after one year i'd still be going "wellllllllll- maybe this white blouse will be perfect with the next skirt").

i don't have a door like this - but if i did...............

 this is for my peeps who collect boots- (you know who you are, cheri, maggie, annie)
cut one of those swimming noodles in pieces and put in your boots to keep them upright.

when storing your clean sheets put all of a set in one of the pillow cases.
 my aunt dar is the first person i knew who did this- isn't it a great idea?

this is just to see if you're paying attention!!!!
i noticed on the sidebar of my uploading photos page that there
was an option for uploading from my phone. 
i clicked on it and this came up~
not kidding. don't know why or how it got there, but it was too good
to not share.
my brother, my son and the hass.

bracelet storage
 you wouldn't have to have this in a cute crate, you could simply set a 
beautiful bottle on your dresser or in the bathroom.

pretty sure you could get a magnetic rack something like this from ikea.
that ikea has everything.

well, there you have it, some perfectly sensible ideas on home organization 
that are simple, cheap and do-able.

have a really great day,

Friday, May 23, 2014

playing a little catch up today.
mother's day week my daughter called and said "what do you want
to do on sunday?" i suggested a couple things and then she asked if i
had any gardening to do. um everything, all of it, where should
i even start? she said "let's go to a greenhouse and i'll buy you plants and then
 we'll pot them up together". it sounded perfect.
she got to our house armed with new garden gloves and her pots and
after talking for a while, looking at pinterest and hashing about
her upcoming wedding, we set out.

long story short, we drove over to my favorite nursury~tonkadale~
but there were about 6 thousand cars there- and girlfriend cannot deal
with that kind of madness (either of us),
so we went to 2 others and came home with a car full of
posies and then we got busy.

her girl kenzie was part of our fun.
(she's such a good dog)!

it was one of my favorite mother's days ever. even though
my boys were up north with dad, adria and i don't get much time together
~just the two of us,
 and my heart was just plain happy.

man i love this girl.
the best we could do was a silly selfie.

i hope your memorial weekend is terrific~

*thank you to anyone who ever served in the armed forces and
remembering beloved family members who've passed.

xo, beth